So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20 NIV
Have you ever been “a long way off”? I certainly have. You can even decide to make a change and head the right direction and still have a long way to go. And when you love a prodigal? Wow! It is a heart-wrenching, all-consuming, and very difficult time. If you know of anyone going through a “prodigal experience”, please pray for them. If it is appropriate, let them know you are praying for them and ask how you can pray for them more specifically. It isn’t easy nor even wise to be sharing a lot of personal information with a lot of people during this time so don’t expect it. However, a friend who cares and an offer to pray will most always be welcomed, even if there is very little talk about the circumstances. Tread tenderly.
Here is a touching prayer I received from a husband about his wife who recently left him and the kids to pursue her dreams:
My prayer is that God will go out and rescue His wayward daughter ~ He is the King. The foolish princess has left the castle and is running head long down a dangerous path with wolves closing in she does not see.
Wow. What a touching word picture. I am sure he is going through a range of emotions with his situation but if he can hold onto this perspective–it is filled with so much compassion. There are prodigal children, spouses, parents, friends–somehow we are all touched by a prodigal. And somehow, we are all ones ourselves as well.
Read Luke 15:11-31 The Parable of the Lost Son.
Lifting up prodigals and those who love them,